New Covenant Center’s 11th Annual Harvest Table fundraiser, “Sharing Abundance with Others,” on November 18th was a huge success! Stamford’s largest food insecurity program raised over $225,000, far surpassing any previous event in the Center’s 43-year history.
“I continue to be awed at the on-going generosity of so many Stamford and Lower Fairfield County supporters,” said Executive Director John Gutman. “As difficult as the Pandemic has been on our Soup Kitchen/Café and Food Pantry guests, we haven’t missed a day of providing healthy meals and groceries to the nearly 5,000 individuals we served this past year.”
Over 200 attendees at The Italian Center listened to an excellent panel discussion on Wellness, Nutrition and Fitness. News 12 Health Reporter Gillian Neff moderated a lively discussion and audience quiz with panelists Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, a professor in UCONN’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and Billy Blanks, Jr., an American Fitness personality best known for his Dance it Out fitness program and franchise.
The most moving and heartfelt part of the evening came from Jayson, a guest of New Covenant Center who has helped him find a path toward sustainability.
New Covenant Center had to change its delivery model on March 16, 2020 to a grab-and-go meal service in order to be compliant with public health mandates and recommendations. The Pandemic increased our number of collaborations significantly, as we have provided an average of 450 daily meals to our guests and partner programs versus 175 meals daily pre-Pandemic. Stamford’s Pacific House Men’s Shelter recognized New Covenant Center and Catholic Charities of Fairfield County in October with their President’s Circle Award for delivering over 30,000 meals to their clients during the past 18 months.
“As we look ahead, there is much work to be done,” said Gutman. “First, we must get our guests back inside the Center so they can eat their meals in a dignified environment, while resuming other services such as showers, haircuts, job skills training and immigration counseling. Feeding the hungry in our Soup Kitchen/Café and Food Pantry is our core mission, but providing a safe environment and long term solutions and self-sufficiency for our guests is extremely important.”
The mission at New Covenant Center is to provide basic living essentials and services, combined with longer-term solutions that focus on self-sufficiency to those in need. We will treat each individual man, woman and child as our guest with respect, dignity, compassion and empathy. And we will do it in a safe, trusting and welcoming environment.